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Statement by the New York State Psychological Association in Response to the New Zealand Massacre
New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)’s executive committee expresses its strong condemnation of the unprovoked and brutal massacre of 50 Muslim men, women, and children who were engaged in the sacred act of prayer. This tragedy retraumatizes Muslims everywhere and reinforces feelings of being an unwelcomed minority. We at NYSPA stand in solidarity with our Muslim members. As
such, it is important for us to speak out against prejudice and violence.
Unfortunately, we have seen a marked increase in hate crimes within the United States and abroad. According to the FBI Crime Statistics (2018), anti-Muslim bias and hate crimes continued to rise for a third consecutive year. These findings were paralleled by sharp increases internationally (OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights [ODIHR]; 2018)

Please note that on November 17, 2018, NYSPA’s Council of Representatives adopted a resolution opposing Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Prejudice. This resolution and our other adopted resolutions can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here. We must continue to reaffirm our pledge to remain a place of tolerance and mutual respect for all.
We close by offering our support and condolences to those who were touched either directly or indirectly by this senseless violence. Let us continue to do our part to educate the world toward peaceful coexistence.



Alan Hack, PhD
NYSPA President

Herbert Gingold, PhD
NYSPA-Past President
Daniel Kaplin, PhD

Adriana DiMatteo, PsyD
NYSPA Secretary


Julie Lehane, PhD
NYSPA Treasurer
June Feder, PhD
Barbara Kapetanakes, PsyD
NYSPA Member-at-Large
Anu Raj, PsyD
NYSPA Member-at-Large
Jerry Grodin, PhD

NYSPA’s 2019 President


Dear NYSPA members,

I hope everyone had a meaningful holiday season.  As we start a new and exciting year, I would like to assure everyone that, due to President Herb Gingold's leadership, the transition will be smooth and I will be able to hit the ground running. 

As NYSPA members you are our true secret weapons.  We have so many people who have created professional lives that represent the diversity of having a doctorate in Psychology.  Each one of you has contributed to improving our society and you should be lauded for your commitment to the mental health of our community.

For those of you who have stepped up to leadership positions within NYSPA, thank you for your time and energy.  You have helped create an organization that has established itself as the "voice of psychology"
in New York.  NYSPA is known within the New York Legislature as the group to talk to when addressing mental health issues.

For those of you who are not involved- join us as there are many opportunities to make an impact and we will welcome you!

It will be a year filled with interesting and useful programming, continued advocacy work and an amazing annual Convention at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, New York from June 7th-9th. Our committee is working hard to develop programming that will attract all of our members - this year we especially want to support our members who would like to bring their families! The theme of the convention is Self Care/ Professional Care and we will be providing many opportunities and resources to help you take care of yourself and your professional life.

Whether you get involved directly or not, we need your help.  Speak with your colleagues and convince them that belonging to NYSPA is the right thing to do for their professional lives.  More members translate to NYSPA having a bigger impact, providing more resources for our members and developing programs which our members need and want.

Alan Hack, PhD
NYSPA President 2019


The 2018 Winter Issue of the NYS Psychologist is now available. Click here to view.


Members in the News

NYSPA past-president Dr. Roy Aranda honored at DREAM Foundation's Scholarship Gala held September 15, 2018.  

Dr. Aranda was introduced, his bio and long relationship with NYSPA was read aloud with a brief speech presented on his acceptance as an honoree. The statement speaks loudly about embracing diversity and championing those who are un-empowered. 

Click here to read Dr. Aranda's speech.

Want to be featured in 'Members in the News?', email nyspa@nyspa.org for your story.